Week 20 Results

We are bad people. Tonight we went in to weigh in and pick up our food, but then saw that instead of our class we were having the personal trainer guy who came in before actually run people through exercises tonight, instead of a class. I got so very little out of it last time he came in, the level was set so very basic for people who have never experienced exercise before, that I just couldn’t do it. I’d already gone for a run earlier in the afternoon, I was hungry, and the last time this guy was in it was a total waste of time, so we ducked out. Bad, bad people. I know.

  • Change this period: -1.5 pound
  • Total change so far: -46.5 pounds
  • Current weight: 188 pounds

I’m very pleased with my results. I added in oatmeal for breakfast the last two days and my body has shown me in no uncertain terms that it likes this change. I’ve been less hungry, more satisfied all day long, and overall much happier now that I’ve decided to throw their exchange dictates out the window and go with what I know works. And hey – my body seems to like it much better too.

My husband is having a harder time. He has a killer commute now to his new(ish) job, which doesn’t leave much time for exercise, or for food planning. So tonight we’re working on changes he can make that are more supportive. He’s going to start by making up some overnight oatmeal to take with him in the morning, being more diligent about writing down his intake throughout the day on the check-list I whipped up, and we’ll look for opportunities for more walks and sneaking runs in during the week for him. More exercise, more food planning, and journaling – these are the tools that I know work.

Week 18 Results

We’re well into transition now. This past week we were down to 3 meal replacements per day, starting tomorrow it’ll be 2 per day. That means we have to replace those with real food. Normally this would be great but the Optifast system of exchanges is so complicated and non-intuitive that I find it quite intimidating. I was just about able to keep things straight this past week, but the upcoming week…I just don’t know. I may have to staple the list of exchange units I’m supposed to eat each day to my forehead or something just to get through the day.

  • Change this period: -1 pound
  • Total change so far: -45 pounds
  • Current weight: 189.5 pounds

I didn’t expect or intend to lose another pound this week. I expected that with the added food (and the glass of wine I had Saturday night and Monday night) I’d be maintaining this week. The only thing I can put this loss down to is that there may have been a couple of days where the math and complexity of the system eluded me and I just threw up my hands and gave up and went hungry. I probably missed a couple of units of dairy here and there because I just don’t like skim milk and non-fat yogurt enough to have a cup of it each day. (Bad news: this week we’re supposed to add another exchange unit of dairy. Ugh.)

So I’m a little bit worried about the upcoming week. I think that maintenance programs that people are meant to follow for the rest of their lives should be SIMPLE and INTUITIVE. This is the opposite of that and I’m struggling to see how anybody could do this forever. I’m very much looking forward to being done here so I can go back to what I used to do when I was maintaining with HMR: 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies every day, writing down my calories, and burning at least 2000 calories in exercise each week. Hard to get simpler than that.